Changes to French training schemes in 2017

The apprenticeship contract now enables many young people to gain access to employment. Here are the changes that are taking place in 2017 in order to make this training path more attractive.

The apprenticeship contract

The apprenticeship contract is a written contract of limited duration (CDD) or of indefinite duration (CDI) between an employee and an employer.

It allows the apprentice to undergo an in-company training under the responsibility of a master apprentice and in an apprenticeship training center (CFA) for 1 to 3 years.

Accessible up to 30 years

Since the end of March, it is now possible for the more than 25 years to access the apprenticeship contract.

This decline in the age of access to the apprenticeship contract is valid in certain regions only: Brittany, Burgundy-Franche-Comte, Center-Val-de-Loire, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France, New-Aquitaine , Pays de la Loire. If the experiment works, it will become widespread throughout France from 2020.

Premium for under-21s

With the aim of increasing the purchasing power of the youngest apprentices, whose remuneration is often very low (about 25% of the minimum wage), the State has decided to grant a 335 euro bonus to all apprentices with less Of 21 years.

More apprentices in the state

10 000 apprentices will be recruited by the State in 2017. This increase in the workforce of nearly 4,000 additional contracts concerns all levels of training.

Focus on less attractive trades

Since 2016, the State has implemented shorter training courses designed in agreement with companies and their needs for occupations in tension or considered unattractive.

It is possible to start learning all year round and not only in September.

EAP status

It is now possible to carry out an apprenticeship contract to become a teacher of schools or secondary education.

This training alternates between university training and immersion in schools.

This status allows for effective preparation for teaching competitions while funding studies. Priority is, however, reserved for fellows.

Access to CROUS

Starting in 2017, the CROUS’s services (accommodation, catering, etc.) are open to any apprentice holding a trades student card.

Apprenticeship students can now benefit from the services of university and school works at a social rate.